We’re proud of the fact we have some active and former members of the emergency services as part of our community. Two of those, Nick Smith and Chris Murcott, put their skills on show as they went head to head with their colleagues at the Emergency Services Throwdown. Predictably, both put on an outstanding show, and did the box proud. Hopefully next year, this event will continue to grow, and these pair and others can continue to represent us on this stage.
This established fitness competition saw the addition, this year, of an adaptive category. Our very own Dan ‘Stumpy’ Phillips jumped at the opportunity and as always, he shone. Not only did he represent himself and his community brilliantly, he bagged the victory too!
This event is a permanent and growing fixture on the calendar at every box. We sent two teams to the pairs version, both in the Masters category. The seasoned pairing of Marie Jordan and Eddie O’Neill put on a reliable showing, proving their effectiveness as a team, and their consistency through what has been a busy season. Our other team consisted of experienced competitor Nick Smith, and first timer Lisa Smith. The husband and wife team performed extremely well together, and reports suggest Lisa may be hitting the competition floor again soon!
We sent two brave teams of 5 runners down to the South East at the end of September. These teams had committed to take on almost 180 miles of running as a relay team. Having halved the usual number of team members used for this event from 10, to 5, each runner was faced with the prospect of having to run between 32 and 40 miles each, spread over 6 legs.
Starting on the Saturday, teams were self sufficient, with a small mini-bus and a trusty driver for support. They ran through the night, finally crossing the finish line in Brighton late Sunday afternoon. The teams managed to finish 1st and 2nd in the CrossFit Mixed Ultra Division.
Congratulations to all who took part, and a very special thanks to Lee Carter and Brad Price, for driving and supporting the teams superbly throughout!
On a cold, miserable Saturday at the start of October, over a dozen of our members travelled to Nottingham to take on Rat Race’s Survival of the Fittest obstacle course. The event was littered with obstacles and challenges, with a strong aquatic theme. The advertised 10km turned out to be well over 11, and saw all participants challenged thoroughly! The finish line was reached by way of a giant inflatable water slide, which all of our team overcame, some in the face of crippling fear, to see everyone collect their medals and add to the community’s photo collection!
Having made it through online qualifiers, Marie Jordan and Steph Price headed to Halifax to face off against a stacked Masters field at the popular Rep it Out throwdown. The girls outperformed themselves, working together extremely well and significantly improving their qualification spot against some tough competition.
Coach Georgie along with India Black took on the Birmingham Half Marathon. Both ran the route without stopping, in spite of terrible weather. The city centre course was busy, and the streets lined with well-wishers, all of which added to the atmosphere, and helped the girls through to finish with times they’re both proud of.
Whilst we had two girls spreading the GTF name in Birmingham, we had two guys showcasing our community over in Derby. Our friends at CrossFit Deviant hosted their annual competition; Archie’s Throwdown. Dan Phillips and Adrian Shufflebotham teamed up to take on this challenging competition. The workouts were varied and testing, and saw Adrian throwing down in a competition for the first time. Both lads performed extremely well, and we’re convinced Adrian will be back for more!